Mailport & PS Advisor

Well Grounded

We recently installed an aluminum fuel tank on our 1984 Endeavour 40. During installation, we took several steps to avoid galvanic corrosion, including fixing gaskets at contact points, providing airspace around the tank, and connecting it to the boats grounding system. We considered connecting one of those "zinc fish" to the grounding system, hung over the side at the dock. Could I fasten a small zinc to the tanks grounding tab? Or attach zincs to each tank and through-hull?

Mailport: 02/15/04

Teak Treatment All-StarsI think there is something wrong with your teak finish tests,as youreport white streaks developing under my finish.This usually indicates delamination, and...

PS Advisor: 01/01/04

Diesel RevvingSeveral years ago, I was told by a diesel mechanic (following a 1,000-hour overhaul of my 62-hp Yanmar turbo-diesel) that I would be...

Mailport: Which Anchor Shackle?, Cleaning Sails, FRP Boat Lifespan And More!

I am in the process of having my boatyard install 250 feet of anchor chain and new anchor shackles. Seeing a top star rating on the Peerless Peer-lift blue pin shackles. I told my boatyard to order and install two of them only to read in the December issue that you had just finished testing the Peerless Peer-lift shackles and no longer recommend them. Whats up?

Editors Log: Two Years In and Looking Up

Two years have passed since I stepped into the oversized editorial shoes at Practical Sailor, and it is a good time to deliver a status report to the most valuable stakeholders in all of this: the subscribers. Now going on 33 years of publication, Practical Sailor is one of the longest-running North American sailing publications. It has for more than three decades been one of Belvoir Media Groups flagship publications and one of its most popular. It is the only no-advertising sailing magazine that tests and evaluates boats and sailing gear. Its contributors range of experience is vast. Its readers are brilliant and immune to flattery.


Magellan GSC 100 vs. SASCO OceanMail 2000I enjoyed the article in the December 1999 issue on the Magellan GCS 100; however I think you...

Mailport: Cleat Sense

Regarding your recent blog post on cleat strength (Inside PS blog Striving for a Stronger Boat Cleat), a stout-looking Herreshoff-style aluminum cleat on my 1984 Sea Sprite 34 failed while moored in a storm in Maine last fall. The wind and waves were strong enough to lay the boat on its beam ends, with bare poles. The aluminum failed near a 5/16-inch stainless bolt, but the other three bolts held, as did a similar cleat with a backup line to the mooring. Take the problem seriously: there was no obvious sign of failure before it broke, and had it been a two-bolt cleat I think the whole thing would have gone. Im replacing both cleats with bronze cleats from Spartan Marine.

Mailport: 12/09

I have a Pearson Ensign 1962 now at a slip in New Rochelle, N.Y. This season marked the first time we had the luxury of keeping our boat at a slip. In order to maneuver through the marinas byways without worrying, I bought a 24-volt Minn Kota outboard (80 pounds of thrust) and two 12-volt batteries, which I hook up in series. Not only am I able to stop start, turn, etc., in the marina, but-to my surprise-in the calm sound water, I can nip along at about 3-4 mph with myself, two crew, and the 3,000-pound boat. The result is that Ive only used my 5-horsepower Mercury outboard once this year. My electric outboard doesn't stall; it has variable speed like no ones business; reverses with relative ease, and is less expensive-though more cluttered-than the self-contained electric outboards you recently reviewed. Am I part of a growing trend or just weird? If the former then it might be worthwhile testing electric outboards for boats my size (22.5 feet) and commenting on their applicability.

PS Advisor: 04/15/02

Sail MaintenanceI don't remember seeing any items on sail cleaning, care, or I missed it.My local sailmaker does not offer a cleaning service or...

Mailport: 05/15/04

One More on Solder/Crimp Soldering has a long history in electrical engineering and in a good manyapplications it is well nigh indispensable....